Muses

(The Musical Beauties)

Who are the Muses?

The nine famous muses are:

  • Calliope: Muse of heroic or epic poetry (often holding a writing tablet).

  • Clio: Muse of history (often holding a scroll).

  • Erato: Muse of lyric and love poetry (often playing a lyre).

  • Euterpe: Muse of music or flutes (often playing flutes).

  • Melpomene: Muse of tragedy (often holding a tragic mask).

  • Polymnia: Muse of sacred poetry or of the mimic art (often shown with a pensive look).

  • Terpsichore: Muse of dancing and choral song (often shown dancing and holding a lyre).

  • Thalia: Muse of comedy (often holding a comic mask).

  • Urania: Muse of astronomy (often holding a globe).

Where do the Muses come from?

  • The Muses come from Piera which is the foot of Mount Olympus
  • Every four years the Muses celebrate in Thespiae and put on a singing and dancing contest

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Other Muses Information

Background

  • Other names for Muses include the Greek names of Moisa and Mousa and another name for Muses in Latin is Musa
  • They are the Goddesses of Poetry
  • The Muses are unmarried but have famous kids like Orpheus
  • There are many statues of Muses in Greece and Rome carrying different scrolls
  • The Muses are the Daughters of Zeus and Mnemosyne
  • They are wildly known for bringing people joy through music
  • The word museum derives from the muses as places of education and knowledge

Other Information

  • You can find more information on Muses if you watch documentaries or read books like "Bel Canto"

Works Cited

Daly, Kathleen. Greek and Roman Mythology A To Z. 1992. Print.

“Muse.” Encyclopedia Britannica. 28 Jun. 2007. Web. 5 Nov. 2014.

“The Muses.” Edilth Hamilton. 2014. Web. 5 Nov. 2014

EBSCO. 2007: 66.4. Richard Barbieri. Web. 5 Nov. 2014